M6_1 Strategic choice of ICT tools:

•    ICT tools for international school activities
•    Selection of appropriate ICT tools
•    ICT user competence
•    Critical reflection on ICT

Short description of activities

Pre-course activity
Before the course, participants are required to register and introduce themselves on an online platform and to answer two polls regarding their ICT competencies and preferences.
The session will start with a brief reflection on the use of the platform and a review of the results of the polls.

Presentation
The trainer presents the way different types of ICT tools can support activities of international school partnerships and a categorisation of tools for communication and collaboration, pointing out that there are advantages and disadvantages for each category and that the key elements to consider when choosing a tool are relevance of tool’s function for project activities and the accessibility of the tools for those meant to use them (slides 1-6).

Simulation of choice of ICT tools
In groups if 4-5, participants simulate a sequence in the kick-off meeting of a team of a Comenius school partnership project when the decision is made on what ICT tools to use. The algorithm on slide 6 is used to reach a decision. Representatives of each group then briefly share the outcomes and comment on the process leading to that outcome.

Intercultural scenario and presentation of the Virtual Intercultural Team Tool
The presentation of the intercultural scenario no 2 is used as an introduction to the use of the Virtual Intercultural Team Tool, a free online platform which members of school partnership teams can use to overcome misunderstandings and use in a positive way their diversity. The tool can also be used to agree on the ICT tools to be used, on the way to use specific communication tools and on the identification of strengths and learning needs within the team. A questions & answers session follows the presentation.

Main learning outcomes

Participants
•    Understand that there is a wide range of ICT applications that can enhance school projects, know the main functions of some key tools, and can relate them to needs they have in international activities
•    Are able to identify the advantages and risks associated to various ICT tools and to make an informed choice of the tools most appropriate for the needs of their project
•    Are aware of their current ICT skills and able to identify further learning needs in this respect

Materials

Presentation (ppt): M6_1_1_ICT( slides 1-15)
Handout: M6_1_2_ICT tools and project activities
Handout: M6_1_3_How to choose ICT tools for your partnership
Handout: M5_1_3_Intercultural scenarios
Handout: M6_1_4_The Virtual Intercultural Team Tool

Time

About 1 hour.

Tips

Participants can be encouraged to simulate the use of the Virtual Intercultural Team Tool as a post-course activity.

The session could end with some comments making again the connection with the results of the initial polls about ICT competencies and preferences and pointing out how the elements presented can help dealing with the needs of international school partnerships.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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